‘White Hart’ plans still up in the air

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Controversial plans to build on the former site of the White Hart pub in Bletchley are still up in the air.

Plans for a 32-bed, all-male rehabilitation centre for men with mental health problems were approved despite opposition by members of the public who felt it was unsuitable for the area.

But developers, the Cambian Group, is believed to be reviewing options for the site with speculation the former pub may accommodate a day centre for children with learning difficulties.

Members of the group attended a public meeting at The Three Trees pub in Bletchley where they announced they were still planning to go ahead with a building of some sort – although they were unsure what.

When questioned by Citizen the Cambian Group remainedg tight-lipped saying a decision would be made following board meetings next month.

A spokesman for the Cambian Group said it was in the process of working out plans which would see it able to break ground on what is a ‘sensitive project’.

The company says it is still reviewing all options available. Robinson Lloyd Architecture, which has been tasked with building the centre admitted it was in limbo waiting for Cambian Group to give it the green light.

A spokesman for RLA said a decision was expected ‘within the next four weeks.’

Councillor Gladstone Mackenzie, who represents the Whaddon ward, was at the meeting. He said: “They haven’t got concrete plans in place on what they are going to do with the site at the moment.

“The application to build the mental health rehabilitation centre has not been formally withdrawn as had been suggested.

“The Cambian Group held the meeting to fill us in on what was happening although nothing was suggested.”